We all want to sleep well; with hectic schedules, work, school, and restless children, quality sleep can be hard to come by. Prescription and over-the-counter sleep aides have become common place, many of which have some very nasty side-effects. We have compiled a guide to finding the most effective essential oils to aide you in healthy restorative sleep. Several of these are perfect in diffusers for children.
Lavender is number one on our list, this essential oil will help to bring restful sleep, a sense of calm, and general good health to those in need of a good night’s sleep. Vetiver essential oil is another top notch sleep inducer. It does have a very earthy scent, so it is good to mix this oil with something a little lighter like Roman Chamomile. However, this oil is perfect for those who have a busy mind and cannot get to sleep easily. Roman Chamomile and Ylang-Ylang are also great for restorative relaxing sleep. Both are known to calm and relax the mind, restore energy levels and promote well being. Bergamot is another essential oil that will help you fall asleep quickly; if you are attracted to citrus scents, this is a good choice for you. Bergamot will help you slow down and induce a restful state of mind. Sandalwood has a rich woodsy scent; it has been used to help aid in sleeping for centuries. It takes very little of this oil to accomplish the desired effect. Marjoram and Cedarwood are both great for diffusing. They offer wonderful scents alone or mixed with other oils. No matter your scent preference one or a few of these oils will help you to sleep well.
It is recommended when using essential oils for children, stick to what you know is safe and use a diffuser. Children tend to have more sensitive skin and can develop allergies that you may not be aware of. There are several essential oils that are safe and effective in helping children sleep well. Ylang-Ylang and Sandalwood are highly recommended for infants. Every mother and father knows how detrimental it can be for an infant who cannot sleep. Long nights lead to long fitful days. Using a small amount of either of these essential oils in a diffuser will help bring on a restive healthy sleep to a fractious infant. Bergamot, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, and Marjoram all work well for babies and toddlers. Use in diffusers with LED lights for best results. For older children, Vetiver, Peppermint, and Lavender all work well. At this age, it is safe to test topical applications, although we recommend testing and waiting 24 hours before your first complete topical application. There are numerous places with very useful recipes for diffuser mixes, topical sprays, and ideas.
Ways to Use the Oils
One of the easiest ways to use essential oils as a sleep aid is to utilize a diffuser. Diffusers are very cost effective and you can create your own personal essential oil blend for sleep. One of the most common sleep recipes for a diffuser is: 3 drops of Lavender essential oil and 4 drops of Bergamot essential oil into the diffuser. That really is simple! Shower steamers are another wonderful idea and work really well. Drop a few drops of your favorite essential oil, or essential oil blend to a shower steamer and let stress melt away and healing and restful sleep seep into your body. Topical solutions can be made by combining your favorite sleep inducing essential oil or blend of oils to a carrier oil. This can be applied to the arms, legs, and back to help promote good skin health and much needed peaceful sleep. Aromatherapy is of course another good choice. You can mix your favorite oil into a spray bottle and mist the room before bedtime. This is a good idea for older children; let them be in charge of their own healthy sleep. A few sprays into their room before lights out and a great night’s sleep will ensue. There are also several online shops that offer body creams and skin care products that utilize essential oils that promote sleep. These can be a great alternative as well.
There are many essential oils that will help to induce restful sleep; we have addressed the most popular in this article. The idea is to create an arsenal of the best multi-purpose oils to meet all of your health care concerns without breaking your wallet. No matter what causes you to have a sleepless night, we have listed essential oils here that will beat it. Sometimes, a sleepless night for one family member will mean a sleepless night for many. Give yourself health, peace of mind, and rest with any one of these powerhouse oils.